Detroit gets a solid second option in goal in Jonathan Bernier

With the market set to open Sunday, we sort the players available into four groups: best bets, smart gambles, boom or busts, and bad investments.
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Bernier slots in right behind Jimmy Howard, who is signed for one more season at $5,291,66 against the cap. He earned this deal thanks to two solid seasons as a backup netminder with the Anaheim Ducks and last year with the Colorado Avalanche, when played 37 games with a .913 save percentage and a 2.85 goals-against average. It was a career renaissance for Bernier, once a goalie of the future for the Toronto Maple Leafs, now a sturdy goaltending option for the Red Wings for the next three seasons.

With Jaroslav Halak getting $2.75 million annual average value for two years, Carter Hutton getting $2.75 million AAV for three years and Anton Khudobin getting $2.5 million AAV for two Phil McConkey Authentic Jersey years, the $3 million AAV is just slightly more than what the market was dictating for goalies sharing time. But Bernier is younger (turning 30) than all of them, so the money makes sense in context. The term gives them a little positional stability no matter what happens with Howard.

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